Samsung uses ST-Ericsson technology for its dual SIM, dual standby phones (Chat 322 and E2152)
ST-Ericsson, the joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson established last year, announced that Samsung is using two of its chips in its latest dual SIM, dual-standby phones – the Samsung Ch@t 322 and the Samsung E2152.
The ST-Ericsson chips – G4852 and G4906 – are low-cost and power-efficient, and allow two SIM cards to be used in one phone at the same time, “enabling consumers to easily make or receive calls over two different networks or via two different subscriptions.”
The Samsung E2152 is a cheap candybar (under $100) that’s available in some European and Asian countries as of September. The Samsung Ch@t 322 (pictured below) is a QWERTY handset that was launched last month in Russia and should be available soon in other markets (the CIS, China, India, the Middle East and Africa).
I assume other handset makers will choose ST-Ericsson’s chips, too, which means we’ll see more cheap dual SIM handsets soon.
According to Strategy Analytics, about 206 million dual SIM, dual standby phones will be sold around the world in 2014. The number of units sold in 2010 is estimated at 41 million.
Via Press release